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Principal's Message

Mountain Empire High School Redhawks,
It is with great pride and excitement that I join Mountain Empire High School as your new Principal.  I look forward to partnering with you to ensure all kids are celebrated and supported.  Together, we will ensure that we maintain our tradition of excellence and community that makes Mountain Empire High School such a special place.
This marks my 25th year in education. As an educator, I am driven by the individual success and growth of every student. I have devoted my career to educating, inspiring, and advocating for students, both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator. I am excited to bring my passion, enthusiasm and experience to cultivate the unique educational programs that Mountain Empire High School has to offer. Above all, I am excited to observe, listen, learn, and understand what makes Mountain Empire High School thrive.  
At the heart of my practice is building strong relationships with the staff, students, and families I serve. I look forward to listening to your ideas and vision for our school and collaborating with each of you to support our sense of community here at Mountain Empire High School. As your principal, I will strive to ensure that all students, staff, and families feel welcome and connected to our school family. 
Please feel free to contact me by email at or by calling our school office at 619-473-8601. I welcome any questions or ideas you would like to share.

David Rios